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Archived Version 2021 - 2022

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 20
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module focuses on the evolving field of clinical supervision. Candidates will engage in a robust study and critical discussion of the dominant theoretical approaches, conceptual models and modes underpinning clinical supervision. The findings from qualitative and quantitative research studies examining approaches, processes, relationships and efficacy in supervision will be critically analysed. The relevance of dominant perspectives on clinical supervision practice and the management of ethical issues will be critically examined in the context of real world supervisory environments. The emphasis in this module is focused on developing a critical understanding of knowledge based structures which influence dominant discourses within the field of clinical supervision.

Learning Outcomes

1. Articulate and debate the strengths and limitations of theory bound approaches in clinical supervision.
2. Critically discuss the range and relevance of dominant conceptual models of clinical supervision.
3. Critically analyse national and international qualitative and quantitative supervision research studies and articulate the potential contribution these make to clinical supervision practice.
4. Identify and make an informed response to ethical, legal and professional issues as they emerge in real world supervisory practice.
5. Take a reflective, evaluative position on the relevance of dominant theoretical and conceptual perspectives with respect to the supervisory environments in which they provide clinical supervision.
6. Provide a clear rationale for utilising single or integrative theoretical and conceptual approaches in clinical supervision practice.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture50Didactic Teaching; Seminar Groups
Professional Practice20Supervision Practice Development; Group Supervision
Tutorial1Personal Tutor and Module Coordinator
Independent Study429Pre and post-session reading, independent reading and literature searching, assignment preparation, draft publications
Total Workload: 500

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Level 9 Study
Level 9 academic, professional and personal development in clinical supervision.

Clinical Supervision
Individual, shared, peer and group supervision modes of supervision.

Models and Theories
Conceptual Models and Theory Bound Approaches to Clinical Supervision.

Integrating supervisory theories and conceptual models

Learning Support
Adult Learning Theory

Ethical and Legal Issues
Ethic, legal and professional dilemmas in real world supervisory environments.

Professional Development
Professional development in clinical supervision.

Personal Development
Reflective practice & personal awareness activities

National and international qualitative and quantitative supervision research studies

Module Activities
Didactic teaching, seminar groups, individual tutorials, observation of supervisory practice, application of theory to practice and on-line resources.

Independent Study
Reviewing literature and research, pre-/post session reading, assignment preparation and draft publications.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Balint, M: 1957, The doctor, his patient and the illness, International universities press inc., New York,
  • Bernard, J.M. and Goodyear, R.K.: 2019, Fundamentals of Clinical Supervision, 6th, Pearson Education, Inc., New Jersey,
  • Carroll,M: 2014, Effective supervision for the helping professions, 2nd, Sage, Los Angeles,
  • Carroll, M., and Tholstrup, M. (eds): 2001, Integrative Approaches to Supervision, Jessica Kingsley Publishers., London,
  • Creaner, M: 2014, Getting the Best Out of Supervision in Counselling and Psychotherapy- A Guide for the Supervisee, Sage, London,
  • Dallos,R., Steadman, J: 2009, Reflective Practice in psychotherapy and counselling, McGraw-Hill/ Open University, Maidenhead,
  • Estadt, B., Compton, J and Blanchette M. (eds): 2005, The Art of Clinical Supervision, Wipf & Stock Publishers, Oregon, USA,
  • Feltham, C., Hanley, T. & Winter, L. (Eds): 2018, The Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 4th, All, Sage, London,
  • Feltham, C. and Dryden, W: 1994, Developing Counsellor Supervision, Sage, London,
  • Frawley-O’Dea, M.G. and Sarnat, J.E.: 2001, The Supervisory Relationship – A Contemporary Psychodynamic Approach., Guilford, New York,
  • Gilbert, M. and Evans, K.: 2000, Psychotherapy Supervision- An Integrative Relational Approach to Psychotherapy Supervision., Open University Press, Maidenhead,
  • Guiffrida, D. A.: 2015, Constructive clinical supervision in counseling and psychotherapy., Routledge., New York,
  • Hawkins, P. and Shohet, R: 2012, Supervision in the Helping Professions, 4th, Open University Press., Berkshire,
  • Holloway, E.: 1995, Clinical Supervision: A Systems Approach, Sage, London,
  • Lawton, B., Feltham, C. (eds): 1999, Taking Supervision Forward, All, Sage, London,
  • Mattinson, J.: 1977, The Reflection Process in Casework Supervision, Institute of Marital Studies, Tavistock Institute of Human Relations., London,
  • Norcross , J.C., Popple, P.M.: 2016, Supervision Essentials for Integrative Psychotherapy, American Psychological Association, Washington,
  • Page, S., Wosket, V.: 2015, Supervising the Counsellor, 3rd, Routledge, London,
  • Proctor, B: 2009, Group Supervision – A Guide to Creative Practice, Sage, London,
  • Scaife, J.M.: 2019, Supervision in the mental health professions, 3rd, All, Brunner-Routledge, London,
  • Scaife, J: 2009, Supervision in Clinical Practice-A Practitioner's Guide, Routledge, England,
  • Stoltenberg, C.D., McNeill, B.W.: 2010, An integrated developmental model for supervising counselors and therapists, 3rd, Routledge, New York,
  • Stoltenberg, C.D. and Delworth, U.: 1987, Supervising Counselors and Therapists, Jossey-Bass, California,
  • Thomas, J.: 2010, The Ethics of Supervision and Consultation: Practical Guidance for Mental Health Professionals, APA, Washington, DC,
  • Tudor, K. and Worrall, M.: 2004, Freedom to Practise: Person-centred Approaches to Supervision., PCCS Books., Herefordshire,
  • Van Deurzen, E. and Young, S: 2009, Existential Perspectives on Supervision, Palgrave Macmillan., England,
  • Vetere, A., Sheehan, J. (eds): 2017, Supervision of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, Springer International Publishing AG, Switzerland,
  • Watkins, C., Milne, D.: 2014, The Wiley international handbook of clinical supervision, Wiley, Oxford,
  • Watkins, C (ed): 1997, Handbook of Psychotherapy Supervision, Wiley, New York,
  • Wosket, V.: 2016, The therapeutic use of self: Counselling, practice, research and supervision, 2nd, All, Routledge, London,
Other Resources

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